From September 1953 until March of 1954, a severe drought condition in Olathe forced water to be brought to the City by rail or truck. Olathe’s primary source of water, the “Old” Olathe Lake, now called Cedar Lake, had become not more than a bed of silt. In September of 1953, Olathe put forth plans to build a new and larger water source for the city. Plans included a 1,500 ft. dam on a lake with 170 surface acres and an average depth of 28.5 ft. and a maximum depth of 60 ft. Total cost of the dam, concrete, access roads and laying pipeline to the water treatment plant was set at $531,243 in October of 1953. The City of Olathe approved a $590,000 bond issue to build the lake. The lake was formed by damming up Cedar Creek and its drainage basin with an area of approximately 16.9 square miles. Today, Lake Olathe is a 170 acre lake surrounded by a 208 acre community park and was originally dedicated in 1959.